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UK monarch skips Abbey event after illness

LONDON (AP) - Buckingham Palace officials say Queen Elizabeth II will skip an event at Westminister Abbey as she continues her recovery after a brief illness.

Officials said Monday the monarch is still getting over a bout of gastroenteritis that led to her first hospitalization in a decade. However, the queen plans to attend an event in the evening marking Commonwealth Day.

The queen canceled engagements for a week due to the illness. The hospitalization set off alarm bells in Britain, though the palace says the 86-year-old queen remains in robust health.

Elizabeth carried out some 400 official engagements in 2012 - ranging from weekly one-on-one meetings with the prime minister to ceremonial gatherings such as the one at the abbey on Monday.

Prince Philip, the queen's 91-year-old husband, will attend the service.

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